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By Dionte Williams
The Westside Steelers had a heartbreaking ending to last season. A 2020 playoff defeat against the Ypsilanti Braves 19-14.
2021 was a different story. The Westside Steelers returned all the key players from 2020, with the goal being the Champions.
Allante Jordan, Steelers Head coach, said he knew this was their year.
Westside Steelers came out the gates fast. A 20-0 win against the West Seven Rams in the annual benefit game, held once a year to start the season. The season kicked in gear, with the Westside Steelers winning the first six games dominating the opponents.
Then came the biggest game of the season against the Detroit Spartans, an early favorite to win the championship. The game would live up to the hype, with the Spartans winning 27-26. That defeat would only fire up the Westside Steelers.
After the Spartan game, the Steelers rolled through the playoff with big wins. One big win came at the hands of the Oldtown Ducks. The Westside Steelers scored on the opening possession and wouldn't look back.
Championship week Westside Steelers was focused. Many people thought the championship game was going to be a classic. The Westside Steelers had other things in mind. From the start, Steelers high powered offense took control with a fifty-five-yard touchdown by quarterback Jerrald Turner. On the Westside Steelers' next possession, Jerrald Turner threw a 25-yard touchdown to wideout Jason Turner. The Westside Steelers defense shut down the Packers running attack led by linebacker Grant Fernandez 10-tackles and 2-sacks. A 93-yard touchdown by Dior Bryant put the game out of reach. The Westside Steelers will go on to win the championship.
After the game, coach Jordan told Detroit Sports Network host Dionte Williams, he knew this was the Steeler's year.
Westside Steelers show skeptics
"This is Our Year"
Buckeyes 8u win GYM Championship
By Dionte Williams
Buckeyes coach Popeye said it all season that he had the best 8u team in the country.
Sunday proved the statement was correct.
Down 6-0, the Buckeyes used a seven-play drive to take the lead. The Buckeye defense got stronger and stronger as the game went on, holding the west seven rams to four first downs total and the second half.
With a minute to go and the west seven rams needing to score, the Buckeyes came up with the stop they needed to win the game when the rams quarterback ran the ball up the middle and was tackled on the final play of the game, sealing the win for the Buckeyes.